Sex trafficking

United States: Call for zero tolerance on demand that fuels sex trafficking

Action Number: 
42.1
Update: 
Not an update
Date: 
2012 May 1

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What You Can Do: 

Call on U.S. President Barack Obama to issue an Executive Order prohibiting all federal employees and contractors from buying sex as it contributes to sex trafficking, and to ensure that all agency heads strictly enforce such a zero tolerance policy. Doing so would help ensure the United States lives up to its national and international commitments to curb the demand that fuels sex trafficking. >> TAKE ACTION NOW!

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
United States of America
Fax: + 1 202-456-2461
E-mail: president@whitehouse.gov

Letters: 

Dear President Obama:

Following the recent “scandal” involving Secret Service agents and military members traveling on official business buying sex from women in prostitution in Cartagena, Colombia and similar reported incidents worldwide, I am writing to request that the U.S. government act now to end commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking. I urge you to issue an Executive Order prohibiting all federal employees and contractors from buying sex as it contributes to sex trafficking, and to ensure all agency heads strictly enforce such a zero tolerance policy.

Demand for commercial sex fuels sex trafficking and exploitation. Millions of women and girls are sold and bought for sexual exploitation in violation of their rights to bodily integrity, equality, dignity, health, and to be free from violence and torture. As part of efforts to prevent sex trafficking, the U.S. government is bound by national and international laws and policies to reduce the demand for commercial sex. In addition, the U.S. anti-trafficking ambassador has made clear that reducing demand is an integral part of the fight to end sex trafficking. Yet, there is no consistent policy on sex trafficking and purchasing sex that covers the conduct of all government employees and contractors.

I respectfully urge the U.S. government to adopt a zero tolerance policy on the demand for commercial sex that fuels sex trafficking. Thank you for your attention.

Sincerely,
 

New York Office Director Tzili Mor on Backpage.com's global facilitation of sex trafficking (NY Post)

3/20/12 -- NY Post -- "‘SexTrafficking.com’: Enslaved girls for sale on Village Voice Media site" New York Office Director Tzili Mor on Backpage.com's global facilitation of sex trafficking: "We can’t sit quietly and idly by while big business is protected at the expense of women’s rights. It’s a sad statement that the US cannot get its act together to protect girls and women from being raped.

Global: Call on Village Voice Media to stop facilitating sex trafficking

Action Number: 
40.1
Update: 
Not an update
Date: 
2012 Mar 19

“BRAND NEW JAPANESE girl open minded very submissive $100 SPECIAL!!!”
-posted 7 March 2012 in “escort” section of Backpage.com’s New York, US section

“Size 20BBW with massive tits, I do what ever (sic) my master tells me to do”
-posted 24 February 2012 in “escort” section of Backpage.com’s Leeds, UK section
 

What You Can Do: 

Please write to the Village Voice asking it to remove all “adult” advertisements from Backpage.com and their newspapers. Please also write letters to the editors of the 13 local Village Voice Media newspapers (for information about these papers go to www.villagevoicemedia.com). Urge Village Voice to abide by international human rights principles, exhibit corporate social responsibility and recognize that sex trafficking is a human rights violation we must work together to end. >> TAKE ACTION NOW!

Letters should go to:

Mr. Jim Larkin
Village Voice Media CEO and Board Chair
1201 East Jefferson
Phoenix, AZ 85034
USA
Telephone:  +1-602-271-0040
Fax: +1-602-495-9954; +1-602-340-8806

Mr. Carl Ferrer
Vice President, Backpage.com LLC
1201 East Jefferson
Phoenix, AZ 85034
USA
Telephone:  +1-602-271-0040
Fax: +1-602-407-1717

Letters: 

Dear ____ :

I write to you with deep concern regarding the human rights issue of sex trafficking. The selling and buying of women and girls for sexual exploitation violates their rights to bodily integrity, equality, dignity, health, and freedom from violence and torture.

I was concerned to learn that Village Voice Media, through its “adult” advertisements on Backpage, facilitates the sex trafficking and exploitation of women and girls in countries around the world. Sex trafficking is a multi-billion dollar global criminal industry that is fuelled by those who exploit and profit from the commercial sex industry, including traffickers, pimps, the “buyers” of commercial sex and companies that profit from and facilitate exploitation. Girls and women who have been trafficked suffer life-long harm.

Governments, human rights advocates and private companies must work together to end this human rights scourge. I understand that the internet is now the most frequently used platform by traffickers and “johns” to buy and sell women and children for sex in the United States, and as one of the most widely-used websites for “adult” advertisements, Backpage.com profits greatly from them. The United Nations has recognized the role the internet can play in facilitating sex trafficking, and has called on private businesses to make sure they are not complicit in sex trafficking making them “partners in exploitation.”  I urge you to join other newspapers and online advertisement websites who have taken an unequivocal stand against sex trafficking and exploitation by refusing to post and profit from “adult” advertisements. I hope you will show corporate responsibility and uphold human rights by shutting down the “adult” section on Backpage.com and in your newspapers to help put an end to the rape and exploitation of girls and women.

Thank you for your attention.

Sincerely
 

Anti-Trafficking Consultant Kenneth Franzblau on the effects of "online pimping" (Huffington Post)

1/19/12 -- Huffington Post -- "Escort Ads, Sex Slaves and Four Dead Women" Equality Now Anti-Trafficking Consultant Kenneth Franzblau comments on the effects of "online pimping."

Program Officer Anber Raz speaks about the commercial sex industry (The Fresh Outlook)

10/5/2011 -- The Fresh Outlook -- "293 Women Involved in Sex Trafficking Rescued in Peru" Anber Raz, Program Officer on Sexual Violence and Trafficking: “Even the remotest parts of the world are not immune from those seeking to profit from women’s bodies. Sex trafficking is an enormously lucrative business which is driven by demand and more often than not victims have little recourse to help and justice."

Anuradha Koirala

Nepal’s Fearless Crusader Against Sex Trafficking
Anuradha Koirala

What inspired you to start Maiti Nepal?

I was brought up in a family that regarded providing services for humankind as the best form of pious work. Secondly, I studied in a convent school, where I grew up with sisters and mother that further increased my devotion towards the social work. Finally, Mother Teresa was the biggest source of inspiration to instigate a mission for the betterment of humankind. These reasons led to the establishment of Maiti Nepal.

What changes have you seen since you started Maiti Nepal?

India: The Demand for Sex Trafficking: Holding Commercial Sex Buyers Accountable

Action Number: 
30.1
Update: 
Not an update
Date: 
2008 May 1

“Naina has been raped by an old man. The same thing happened to me when I was ten years old. I hate the people who bought me and pushed me into this as much as I hate the men who were my clients!” (Meena, prostitution survivor whose 13-year-old daughter was trafficked into prostitution)

What You Can Do: 

Please write to the officials below calling on the Indian Government to adopt strong measures to end trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation, including Section 5C of the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Amendment (ITPA) Bill 2006, which would penalize buyers of prostituted sex. Ask them also to address the underlying issue of gender inequality and the system that allows those most marginalized in society, particularly “lower” caste women and children, to be exploited for commercial sex. Request that the Government put programs in place to provide viable alternatives to prostitution so that women such as Beenu, Meena, Fatima and others have other options to provide for themselves and their families.

Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh
Prime Minister’s Office
South Block, Raisina Hill
New Delhi, 110011, INDIA
Email: pmosb@pmo.nic.in
Fax: +91 (0)1123016857

Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, President
Indian National Congress
10 Janpath/24 Akbar Road
New Delhi, 110011, INDIA
Email: soniagandhi@sansad.nic.in
Fax: +91 (0)1123017047

Shri Kapil Sibal, Minister of State
Science & Technology/Earth Sciences
19, Teen Murti Marg
New Delhi, 110011, INDIA
Email: ksibal@sansad.nic.in
Fax: +91 (0)1123018705

United States: Sex Tourism: Big Apple Oriental Tours Acquitted of State Criminal Charges. Federal Action Needed to Prosecute G.F. Tours and other U.S.-Based Sex Tour Operators

Action Number: 
27.2
Update: 
UPDATE
Date: 
2009 May 1

In 1996, Equality Now launched a Women’s Action campaign calling for the prosecution of Big Apple Oriental Tours (BAOT). At the time, the company was advertising a twelve-day trip to the Philippines for sex tourists at the cost of $2,195, which included transportation, airfare, hotel room, and the ability of the sex tourist to “select your companion upon arrival in Angeles City” in a commercial sex transaction that would be brokered by a BAOT representative at the customer’s request.

What You Can Do: 

Please write to the new U.S. Attorney General and call on him to prosecute Gunter Frentz, the owner/operator of G.F. Tours, and other sex tour operators for knowingly and openly transporting individuals to other countries with the intent of engaging in prostitution in violation of the Mann Act and Travel Act. Reiterate that sex tourism is a criminal act that exploits and harms women, and very often children, while it supports a multi-billion dollar industry in human trafficking. Urge the Attorney General to clarify to all federal prosecutors that the Department of Justice policy is to prosecute U.S.-based sex tour operators.

Letters should be addressed to:

U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr.
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20530, USA
Fax: + 1 202-307-6777
E-mail: AskDOJ@usdoj.gov

Sample letter

Women's Action 12.1: December 1996
Women's Action 12.2: March 2004
Women's Action 12.3: October 2005
Women's Action 27.1: October 2005

 

Urgent Alert: South Africa: Urgent call: World Cup Soccer and Sex Trafficking – A Volatile Combination

Update: 
Not an update
Date: 
2010 May 10

 

  Taina Bien-Aimé Executive Director of Equality Now, speaks on South Africa and t

What You Can Do: 

Please write to the South African officials below, calling on them to enact and effectively enforce the Prevention and Combating of Trafficking in Persons Bill 2010 prior to the commencement of the World Cup. Urge the government to provide protection and services to victims of trafficking, offering the resources necessary to provide practical alternatives to prostituted women and their families.

 

Letters should be sent to

President Jacob Zuma
Union Buildings
Private Bag X1000,
Pretoria, 0001
South Africa
Fax: +27 12 323 8246
Email: president@po.gov.za

Minister Jeffrey Thamsanqa Radebe, MP
Minister of Justice
Private Bag X276,
Pretoria, 0001
South Africa
Fax: +27 12 315 1749
Email: Ministry@justice.gov.za

Hon Max Vuyisile Sisulu, MP
Speaker of the National Assembly
South Africa
Fax: +27 21 461 9462
Email: speaker@parliament.gov.za

Send copies of your letters to:
The National Prosecuting Authority of South Africa – Sexual Offences and Community Affairs (SOCA) Unit
P/Bag X752,
Pretoria, 0001
South Africa
Email: communication@npa.gov.za

Sample letter

United States : G&F Tours--A Call for Law Enforcement to End Sex Tourism

Action Number: 
27.1
Update: 
Not an update
Date: 
2005 Oct 1

"Do you need an innocent in need of seduction or a raw nymphomaniac whore? ... Do you like it nice or nasty?  … Maybe you've heard stories about sample blow jobs…?  It's all true!" (G&F Tours website)

What You Can Do: 

Please write to U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. and call on him to prosecute Gunter Frentz, owner/operator of G&F Tours, for knowingly and openly transporting individuals to other countries with the intent that they will patronize prostitution in contravention of the Mann Act and the Travel Act.  Point out that effective measures to combat sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation require a focus on and suppression of the demand side of the industry, including sex tourism, as the U.S. Government has recognized in its Trafficking in Persons National Security Presidential Directive of 2003 and its annual Trafficking in Persons Report.  Urge the Attorney General to clarify to all federal prosecutors that the activities of sex tourism companies fall within and constitute a violation of federal law, and to ensure that the Department of Justice takes action to shut down all sex tour companies operating from the United States.  Please also write to the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, let him know that G&F Tours has recently relocated to Forth Worth and ask him to take immediate action to shut down Gunter Frentz’s sex tour operation.

U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr.
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20530, USA
Fax: +1 202-307-6777
E-mail: AskDOJ@usdoj.gov

U.S. Attorney Richard B. Roper
U.S. Attorney's Office-North District of Texas
Dallas Division
Earle Cabell Federal Building
1100 Commerce Street, Suite 300
Dallas, Texas 75242-1699, USA
Fax: +1 214-767-2898

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